I’m one of those annoying people. You know the type. I don’t watch television. Like, ever. In the past 15 years, the only shows I’ve watched regularly are “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Deadwood,” and “The Wire.” I’ve gotten started on a few others here and there — “Battlestar Galactica,” “Primeval,” “Doctor Who” — but I’m still (very) slowly working my way through those.
So when I try to express my excitement and anticipation for AMC’s upcoming Frank Darabont-directed “The Walking Dead,” that means something. Because I literally cannot think of a series that I’ve been more excited for. Mainly because I absolutely adore the graphic novels — every black and white, heartbreaking, gruesome panel. It is some of the best writing I’ve encountered recently in any format. The fact that Darabont has committed himself to not just adapting it, but to taking it incredibly seriously and sparing nothing in creating it, has made me and other fans of the series ready to explode.
The story, of course, is nothing new. Zombie apocalypse. A handful of survivors. And so on. But it’s so much more than that. The drama and human elements of “The Walking Dead” are so intense that sometimes, the undead take a backseat to the unfolding stories. It’s a story full of tragedy and violence and despair, all told beautifully. Characters die, horribly. Characters you’ll grow to love. Don’t get attached to anyone. “The Walking Dead” is about zombies, but it’s also a story about our humanity, not just about getting your brains eaten.
Although fuck knows there’s plenty of that.
Anyway, here’s the first official trailer (not just the blurry Comic Con footage that popped up a couple months ago). It’s… well, it’s damn near perfect. The tone, the music, the effects. It’s there. Mother of God, it looks genuinely great.
Darabont, please don’t disappoint me.
I mean, damn. I’m not deluding myself, right? Those of you that have read it — you’re feeling it too?
The series debuts this October. I’m marking my calendar. You should too. It shouldn’t be hard to remember — the 90 minute series premiere will be on October 31st.